We're four weeks away from E3, when we'll all gather on the internet for that barrage of endorphins that can only come from live video game press conferences full of gun shooting, cars and more gun shooting. The show will start on a Saturday this year, thanks to the early risers at Electronic Arts. Let's break down the full schedule.
Photo of E3 2016 (via ESA)
As usual, Twitterer Cheesemeister has provided a handy table that will help you figure out what's coming when, no matter what time-zone you're in:
Electronic Arts - Sunday, June 11, 5:00AM AEST
EA has decided to hold their presser on Saturday local time this year, setting a new record. (By 2022, E3 will start in April.) It isn't clear just what this press conference will look like, but here's what EA says: "With our event opening on Saturday, June 10th, we will be kicking off the weekend with our all-new live broadcast experience starting at 12pm PST, where we'll be celebrating our players and our biggest games of the year ahead."
It's safe to expect a whole lot of sports, a whole lot of Star Wars Battlefront 2, and maybe even BioWare's new IP.
Microsoft - Monday, June 12, 7:00AM AEST
Team Xbox is also starting early this year, vacating their traditional Monday morning local time presser slot and snagging Sunday afternoon local time instead. It's safe to expect the official reveal (complete with price and release date) of Microsoft's next console, Scorpio, as well as more info on Crackdown 3, Sea of Thieves, and other shooty games that may or may not involve Master Chief.
Bethesda - Monday, June 12, 12:00PM AEST
For the third year, Bethesda will hold a presser to talk about its games, and we'd expect to see a new Wolfenstein, a new Evil Within, and maybe some other good surprises. Feels like a good time for Doom and Dishonored 2 DLC, doesn't it?
Ubisoft - Tuesday, June 13, 6:00AM AEST
The folks at Ooobisoft should have a lot to show this year. In addition to new Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry games, we should see a lot of South Park: The Fractured But Whole and some other nice surprises.
Sony - Tuesday, June 13, 11:00AM AEST
Sony likes sticking to tradition, and the PlayStation showcase is the only E3 press conference that hasn't moved or changed drastically over the past few years. On Tuesday morning we'll likely see a lot of new info on games that Sony announced last year: Spider-Man, Days Gone, Uncharted: Lost Legacy and so on. As always, we can't wait for the 45-minute block dedicated solely to Vita games.
Nintendo - Wednesday, June 14, 2:00AM AEST
The big N says it will only be talking about 2017 games at this year's recorded presser — the "Nintendo Spotlight" — but we wouldn't be surprised to see some teases for 2018 as well. The main course will be Super Mario Odyssey, but we'd expect to see other big Switch games this spring as well. Nintendo also still says that Xenoblade 2 is coming out this year, so maybe E3 is when we'll hear about the delay.